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Shake the Dust

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Presented by Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jill Newman Productions & Bond/360

From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, SHAKE THE DUST chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

The 78 Project Movie

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark! Following the screening, special guest musician Craig Finn of The Hold Steady will cut a 78rpm record live with The 78 Project creators.

“THE 78 PROJECT MOVIE is a road trip across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. One blank disc. In one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen from every facet of field recording – Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian – provide insights and history. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in the film share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy.” – SXSW Film Festival

An Evening with Big Noble

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli in person for a post-film discussion with special guest moderator, Saturday Night Live head writer and cast member Colin Jost!

Big Noble combines environmental sounds with Kessler’s distinctive guitar to create emotional sonic landscapes. Their debut album, First Light, was released earlier this year. Of it, the New York Times said, “As Big Noble, the duo blends Fraioli’s electronic orchestrations and field recordings with Kessler’s unmistakable guitar tones to create instrumentals that are both majestic and intimate.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It packs in loads of emotional resonance despite its short runtime. There are post-rock guitars, ambient strings, and gently repeating chords that build up to satisfying crescendoes… it would make a fantastic film score.”

Befitting the album’s cinematic quality, Kessler and Fraioli commissioned short films from artist friends and colleagues for each track on the album, to reinforce the project’s integration of sound and place. Each film is as different as the directors they enlisted, but taken together, they work both as a unified compilation of innovative short films, and a hypnotic visual representation of the album. The artists include Sam Cole, Daniel Ryan, Andrew Robertson, Travis Robb, Ben Hughes, TWiN, and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe.

Henry Fool + Fay Grim

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The evening before the release of NED RIFLE, the final chapter in Hal Hartley’s Henry Fool Trilogy, see the first two installments on the big screen in 35mm prints, with director Hal Hartley and stars Thomas Jay Ryan and Parker Posey in person! Double feature — two films for one ticket price

HENRY FOOL (1997, 137 min.) at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A with Hartley, Ryan, and Posey

“Looser, more expansive and certainly more scatological than Hartley’s earlier work, this very funny, finally touching fable focuses on the way Henry Fool (Ryan) – a bawdy, rebellious, intellectually gifted drifter, and quite possibly a charlatan – transforms the lives of the inhabitants of a small town: notably, shy, put-upon Simon Grim (James Urbaniak), who under Fool’s auspices becomes both celebrated as a writer and demonised as a pornographer; his promiscuous sister (Posey) and depressive mother (Porter). For all its outrageous black humour, however, it remains a Hartley movie, with its wittily stylised dialogue, droll performances, crisp camerawork and its profoundly ironic musings on the nature of art and its status in society – musings which surely reflect on Hartley’s own status as an ambitious but marginalised film-maker.” – Time Out (London)

FAY GRIM (2006, 118 min.) at 9:45pm, intro by Hartley, Ryan, and Posey

“Hartley’s eight-years-on sequel to HENRY FOOL finds the abandoned wife (Posey) of the scumbag anti-hero of the earlier film trying to find out what became of him; as theories and revelations to his true identity, activities and whereabouts emerge, it posits a past for him that embraces and evokes political turmoil worldwide… There are good gags, nice turns from Goldblum and Ryan, and an excellent lead in the dependable Posey.” – Time Out (London)

The Clearstream Affair

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

US Premiere!

Based on a true story from 2001 that anticipated the coming global economic crisis, THE CLEARSTREAM AFFAIR centers on journalist Denis Robert (Gilles Lellouche/THE CONNECTION, THERESE) who sparked a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of Clearstream, a banking firm. His quest to reveal the truth behind a secret world of shadowy multinational banking puts him in contact with an ever-expanding anti-corruption investigation carried out by Judge Renaud Van Ruymbeke (Charles Berling). Their paths will lead them to the heart of a political/financial intrigue named the “Clearstream Affair,” which will rock the foundations of the French government itself.
A co-presentation with the Focus on French Cinema festival.

Unfortunately, star Gilles Lellouche will no longer be able to attend this screening.

Documentary Preservation Summit

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Presented by DOC NYC and the International Documentary Association (IDA), the first Documentary Preservation Summit comes to IFC Center March 31 and April 1. Gathering filmmakers, preservation experts and others, the summit will address the risks of important documentary films being lost and strategies for ensuring their future. Featuring in person appearances by Academy Award winning directors D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop; The War Room) and Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA; American Dream); Margaret Bodde, the executive director of the Film Foundation; and Sandra Schulberg, the head of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign.

Summit passes, good for all events on both days, are available for purchase in person at the IFC Center box office for $25 (or $20 for IFC Center members). Tickets for individual panels are available online at the links below, or in person at the IFC Center box office.

Tue Mar 31


Documentary films capture vital moments of history and culture that are at great risk of being lost if we don’t pay greater attention to their preservation. This keynote panel is aimed at film lovers who want to better understand why classic documentaries become unavailable and what’s being done to address the crisis in preservation. We’ll unveil new details of the IndieCollect film documentation and preservation campaign funded by the Ford Foundation that seeks to be part of a positive change in independent film preservation. Speakers: Barbara Kopple (filmmaker), D.A. Pennebaker (filmmaker), Sandra Schulberg (IndieCollect), Michael Donaldson (fair use attorney), moderated by Thom Powers (DOC NYC). Click here to purchase tickets

Wed Apr 1


Is there any money to be made from old documentaries? That’s a key question that arises when discussing preservation. This panel brings together representatives of digital streaming platforms to discuss opportunities for selling back catalog films, including case studies of the Drew Associates library and Hands on a Hard Body. Speakers: Jeremy Boxer (Vimeo), Adam Klaff (VHX), Linda Pan (Doc Club), George Schmalz (Kickstarter). Click here to purchase tickets.


Older documentaries often face legal impediments in order to be re-released. Those challenges include unclear contracts with producers and distributors; or murky clearance agreements for footage and music. This panel brings together specialists who have addressed these issues. The discussion will include case studies of reviving Henry Hampton’s Eyes on the Prize and Marcel Ophuls’ The Memory of Justice. Speakers: Margaret Bodde (Film Foundation), Dennis Doros (Milestone Films), Rena Kosersky (Eyes on the Prize), Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom). Click here to purchase tickets.


Filmmakers need to understand what film archives do and how to partner with them. But preserving your film for posterity is just the first step. IndieCollect and some of its archive collaborators illustrate how they preserve work and render it accessible — to film programmers, online distributors, cinephiles, and the general public — so that filmmakers can monetize it. Speakers: Israel Ehrisman (IndieCollect), Elena Rossi-Snook (New York Public Library), Katie Trainor (MoMA). Click here to purchase tickets.


For today’s working filmmaker, finished works as well as raw footage, increasingly wind up on hard drives for digital storage. The challenge of how to cope with digital formats is new to everyone. It requires even greater diligence than was required for older formats of celluloid and tape. On this panel, filmmakers discuss cautionary tales and strategies for not losing precious footage. Speakers: Allison Berg (director, The Dog), Rufus de Rham (Activist Archivists), Clara Fon-Sing (NBCUniversal Archives), David Leitner (filmmaker). Click here to purchase tickets.

Tough Being Loved by Jerks

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Special introduction by New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff

When twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad were published by Denmark’s largest newspaper in 2005, European muslim groups denounced the cartoons as insulting and sacrilegious. To everyone’s surprise, the protests against the Muhammad drawings took a worldwide scale, even leading to violent demonstrations in several Muslim countries. In France, the satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo joined the conversation and reprinted the controversial cartoons, causing an uproar among the country’s growing Muslim population. Months later, the Great Mosque of Paris, the World Muslim League and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France took Charlie Hebdo’s editor Philippe Val to court for defamation and incitement of hatred.

TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS offers a real-time account of the ensuing trial, arguably one most divisive and heated legal proceedings in recent French history. The film features lawyers, witnesses, journalists, editorial conferences, demonstrations of support, as well as the reactions of the prosecutors and Muslim leaders around the world. Given new relevance after the January 7, 2015, attacks at the Charlie Hebdo offices, which left 12 dead and 11 wounded, TOUGH BEING LOVED BY JERKS also features candid interviews (and rarely seen behind-the-scenes moments) with acclaimed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, such as Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski, who were killed on January 7. As such, the film offers a unique perspective into the current debate around France’s founding ideals and its current realities.


Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Director Pawel Pawlikowski in person! Academy Award nominee — Best Foreign Film & Best Cinematography! One show only

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes Ida, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, makes a shocking discovery about her past.

18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the countryside, to the family house and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

In this beautifully directed film, Pawlikowski returns to his native Poland for the first time in his career to confront some of the more contentious issues in the history of his birthplace. Powerfully written and eloquently shot, Ida a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; Ida is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.

New French Shorts 2015

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (RABBIT) in person!

The third annual showcase for the best in new French shorts, this one-night-only event boasts a selection of comedy, animation and drama, including selections from Cannes and Rotterdam, the 2014 Cesar winner for Best Animated Short and the winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. The program also features a sneak preview of RABBIT before its screening at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, as well as a Q&A with director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Presented by IFC Center and UniFrance films.

THE RUNAWAY - New York Premiere! (La fugue, dir. Jean-Bernard Marlin, 22 min.) Golden Bear for Best Short Film, Berlin Film Festival. A social worker from a group home for troubled youth takes one of his charges for a court hearing that will determine her future.

KIKI OF MONTPARNASSE - New York Premiere! (Mademoiselle Kiki et les Montparnos, dir. Amelie Harrault, 14 min.) Cesar Award for Best Animated Short. An animated ode to avant-garde Paris of the early 20th century, inspired by the life of one of its muses.

THE AMERICA OF WOMANKIND  – US Premiere! (L’Amerique de la femme, dir. Blandine Lenoir, 18 min.) While chatting in the kitchen, three thirty- and fortysomething sisters, home visiting their mother in the country, realize that one of their teenage daughters is having sex upstairs.

AÏSSA (dir. Clément Tréhin-Lalanne, 8 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. After being detained by the police, a young illegal immigrant seeks protection as a minor, but a doctor must examine her to verify her story.

BUTTER LAMP - New York Premiere! (La lampe au beurre de yak, dir. Wei Hu, 15 min.) Official selection: Sundance, Rotterdam. In Tibet, an itinerant photographer offers clients a chance to travel the globe.

RABBIT - US Premiere! (dir. Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 16 min.) Official selection: Sundance Film Festival 2015. A woman held in a high-security prison in Washington State gets an unusual pet.

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Q&A w/ director Brad Bernstein & Tomi Ungerer! Stranger Than Fiction Winter 2015 sneak preview — admission included with purchase of an STF Winter 2015 season pass

Tomi Ungerer makes a rare trip from Ireland to New York City for a new retrospective at The Drawing Center in SoHo. We’re taking advantage to host him at STF for this special screening of this “captivating” film profile that was a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

Tomi Ungerer’s career defies easy description. He rose to prominence in the late 1950s as the creator of acclaimed children’s books such as Crictor, Emile, and The Three Robbers. “I dare say, no one was as original,” says Maurice Sendak. “Tomi influenced everybody.” His creativity crossed multiple boundaries. In the 1960s, he drew iconic protest posters for the anti-war and civil rights movements. Fueled by his own desires, he created lavish books of erotica with titles like Fornicon. But these multiple identities couldn’t coexist. When his adult work came to the attention of the American Library Association in the early seventies, his children’s books were effectively banned. He relocated from New York City to more remote corners in Nova Scotia, then Ireland, where he maintains a low profile today.

Director Brad Bernstein performs a laudable act of rediscovery by tracking down Ungerer and coaxing him into this documentary. As we see on camera, it wasn’t easy. Ungerer is still haunted by the traumas of his childhood. Born in 1931 in the French region of Alsace, he suffered the death of his father at an early age and lived through the Nazi occupation. The memories are so painful for Ungerer to revisit that he initially resists Bernstein’s attempts at an interview.

Fortunately, Bernstein persevered, and what comes forth is an extraordinary artistic portrait. When Ungerer opens up, he speaks with a twinkle in his eye and a gift with language that’s equal to his drawing talents. His studio is a shrine to his fecund imagination, decorated with surrealist sculptures of his own design. The film brings his two-dimensional artwork to life with delightful animation. As for the explicit bondage drawings that once got him in trouble: by today’s standards they could serve as illustrations for Fifty Shades of Grey. But that doesn’t mean society has caught up with Ungerer. He’s still more far out than most of us will ever get.

- Thom Powers’ catalogue description from the Toronto International Film Festival

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